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News & Views Bradford celebrates hat trick of successes

Bradford has retained its Curry Capital of Britain title by the narrowest of margins, making it the third time the Yorkshire town has held the honour.

The 2012 competition saw both Bradford and four-time winner Glasgow finish with the same number of points from the judges. However the title went to Bradford on a tie break as it received the highest number of

votes in the public poll. Bradford first won the title in 2004 and for the second time in 2011.

The four restaurants chosen by the public to represent Bradford this time were Aagrah, Akbar’s, Shimla Spice, and Zouk. Their entry took the form of a film highlighting the success of Bradford’s curry industry.

Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Dale Smith thanked members of the public who voted for Bradford, as this was a major factor in Bradford retaining the title. He added, “My highlight of this year’s competition was seeing everyone getting together and enjoying themselves. I have enjoyed learning how to make a curry in a pop-up restaurant and hopefully by the end of my civic year my wife will enjoy curry as much as I do!”

Ready meals put the heat on takeaway sector

Supermarkets offering Indian ready- meal packages are starting to hit the takeaway sector hard. According to consumer analysts, Kantar Worldpanel, sales of curry ready-meals rose by 6.1% last year while takeaways saw 13.6million fewer visits.

Price is clearly a big factor as the all- in packages offered by supermarkets can be a third the cost of a takeaway. For example, Sainsbury’s offers main dishes such as Thai green curry with rice and chicken jalfrezi with rice, plus a side dish for £5 while Asda sells two main dishes, two rice dishes and two snacks for £7.

Plymouth community remembers key figure

Enamul Haque Laskar, a restau- rateur who played a leading role within the Plymouth Bangladeshi Association from the 1970s onwards, has sadly passed away. Tributes have been coming in from across the local community.

Arriving in the UK from Bangladesh in 1975 with just £1 in his pocket Enamul went on to set up a chain of eight Ganges Indian restaurants throughout the South West of England. Together with family members he was also behind the India 2000, the Indus Indian and the India Express takeaways in Plymouth.

Tuk tuk goes up in smoke

A three-wheeled Indian taxi from Mumbai that was bought by two business partners in a bid to promote their new restaurant in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh, has been set alight by vandals and destroyed. Tahmir Hussain and Chisti Iftikar bought

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the three-wheeled tuk tuk for about £5,000 before shipping it to the UK and restoring it. However only two weeks after it took to the road for the first time it was stolen by thieves and set fire to.


Jackir Hussain, who was part of the team working on the vehicle, said he felt devastated by the turn of events. ”I put so many hours into fixing it up. They took it a 10-minute drive just to burn it down,” he told reporters. Police are now investigating the incident.

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Enamul, who leaves a wife, Eugene, a son, Gerald and a daughter, Rachel, was renowned for his generosity and will be greatly missed by the Bangladeshi and Islamic communities in the area. Spice Business sends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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